APRIL Book Babies + Toddler Time: BUGS!

by | Apr 12, 2023 | Blog, Book Babies, Toddler Time | 0 comments

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! Oh, how we love bugs in all their varieties and the nursery rhymes that accompany them! The Itsy Bitsy Spider, The Ants Go Marching, Little Arabella Miller, and The Bees in the Beehive are favorites of ours. Can you remember some “bug” songs from your childhood? Share them with your child, and begin a multi-generational bugfest! Or try some of these at Childhood101.com.

Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:30am in Community Room

Ages 0 – 10 months

Toddler Time: Monday & Tuesday @ 9:30am in Community Room

Ages 11 – 23 months

 

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

TODDLER TIP

Rhymes and songs that involve sequencing and memory can help children prepare for school. In the “Bug in the Box,” listen for a certain phrase, and then react to it with a large physical movement. In addition to having fun, your child is actually developing their gross motor skills. -Lambert

TODDLER ACTIVITY

Ask your child to join you in pretending to climb into a box and shut the lid. It’s very dark inside! Turn the handle and begin reciting the rhyme, Bug in the Box. On the last line, pop out of the box.

BABY TIP

Even though babies will not actually understand number words and concepts, rhymes with numbers prepare them for the idea of numbers and for counting by rote or imitation. Later, they will connect the concept to the words. -Lambert

BABY ACTIVITY

Recite “Here is the Beehive” with your baby while adding all the hand motions. This is a great getting ready or diaper-changing song.

Books Presented

Snappy Little Bugs by Claire Nielsen

Join the great big bug hunt! Playful rhymes introduce little ones to a rib-tickling collection of hopping, jumping, sliding, fluttering pop-up surprises. These cute, but crawly, creatures almost leap into life as they make their moves across the pages. Youngsters will meet web-spinning spiders, wriggling worms, dragonflies, ladybugs, and more! And don’t miss the surprise from the grasshoppers!

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Bob Barner

A nonsense rhyme introduces children to familiar bugs. Includes a fun facts section.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani

 
In this expanded version of a popular song, the itsy-bitsy spider’s climbing is interrupted by a fan, a mouse, a cat, and some dew before she makes her way to the top of a tree to spin her web.

Jump! by Scott M. Fischer

 
From bugs and frogs to alligators and whales, frightened animals always move out of the way of a larger opponent.

Over in the Garden by Jennifer Ward

 
Over in the garden, mother insects and their children enjoy various activities from morning sun to evening moon.

Hello, Bugs! by Smriti Prasadam

Babies and toddlers will love to meet the adorable bugs in this engaging book! Little hands can turn the sturdy board pages to meet a host of cute characters, including a ladybug, a caterpillar, a bee, a grasshopper, a dragonfly, a snail, and more. Simple text introduces readers to a handful of first words, while the bold artwork features each bug in its natural environment.

Wiggle Jiggle by Megan Vermaak, Mathapelo Mabaso, Chenel Ferreira

 
Wiggle-Jiggle is a cute and cuddly caterpillar story with very cute rhythm, rhyme, and repetition.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

 
Follows the progress of a very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food, until, full at last, he forms a coccoon around himself and goes to sleep.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Giddy-up, Giddy-up

Giddy-up, giddy-up ride to town (bounce babies on knees)
Giddy-up, giddy-up up and down (lift baby up and down)
Giddy-up fast (bounce quickly)
Giddy-up slow (bounce slowly)
Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up, whoa! (dip baby backwards gently)
-storytimekatie.com

Bouncy Bouncy Baby

Bouncy, bouncy baby. Bouncy, bouncy baby
Up and down, up and down.
Bouncy, bouncy baby.
Hippity hop little one. Hippity hop little one
Back and forth, back and forth.
Hippity hop, little one.
Bippity bop, baby. Bippity bop, baby
Jiggity, joggity, jiggity, joggity
Bouncy, bouncy…BOOM!
-jbrary.com

Bug in the Box

Bug in the box sits so still.
Will he come out?
Yes, he will!

Insects on Me

(Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
A fly is on my face
A fly is on my face
Heigh-ho just watch me go
A fly is on my face.

Other verses:
A gnat is on my nose…
A hornet is on my head…
A bee is on my back…

Rainbows in my Bubbles

(Tune: She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain)
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes I do
When I look up towards the sun,
They’ve got rainbows every one
I’ve got rainbows in my bubbles, yes, I do

Here is the Beehive

Here is the beehive.
But where are all the bees?
Hiding away where nobody sees.
Here they come flying out of their hive.
One, two, three, four, five!

Here is the beehive.
But where are all the bees?
Hiding away where nobody sees.
Here they come flying out of their hive.
One, two, three, four, five!

Buzz up high. Buzz down low.
Buzzing fast. Buzzing slow.
Buzz to the left. Buzz to the right.
Buzz all day but sleep at night

Here is the beehive.
But where are all the bees?
Hiding away where nobody sees.
Here they come flying out of their hive.
One, two, three, four, five!

Baby Sign Language

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